Just like the ceremony in March 2020 to mild the flame for Tokyo, and like these Video games, which had been put again a 12 months, Monday’s ceremony is a sufferer of coronavirus restrictions.
“As a result of state of affairs created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Lighting Ceremony will probably be held in strict compliance with native well being protocols,” the Hellenic Olympic Committee introduced in September.
The ceremony is carried out on the ruins of the Temple of Hera in Olympia, website of the traditional Greek video games from eighth century BC to the fourth century AD.
Clear skies are forecast for 11.30 native time (0830 GMT) when the flame is because of be lit by the rays of the solar concentrated in a concave.
Priestess Xanthi Georgiou will mild the torch from the flames.
In the course of the lighting rehearsal on Sunday, due to the cloudy sky the Priestess had to make use of a fireplace lit the earlier days whereas all of the contributors weren’t carrying their historic costumes in an effort to shield them in case of rain.
This 12 months the rehearsal on Sunday fell on the one hundredth anniversary of the creation of the Government Board of the Worldwide Olympic Committee which is holding ceremonies to rejoice.
Earlier than the pandemic, the flame had been lit behind closed doorways as soon as, in 1984, when Greek organisers needed to protest in opposition to the choice of the Los Angeles organisers to just accept sponsorship of stretches of the torch relay in the US.
This time the ceremony will probably be held in entrance of an viewers restricted to the members of the Worldwide Olympic Committee, the Greek and Chinese language Olympic committees in addition to the president of Greece, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, and vaccinated members of the media.
Greek skier, Ioannis Antoniou, would be the first torchbearer, adopted by Li Jiajun, former Chinese language observe pace skater, who gained 5 Olympic medals at 1998, 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympic Video games.
“It is likely one of the best honors for an athlete to be the primary torchbearer for the Olympics, particularly whereas I am making an attempt to qualify and take part in these Video games,” Antoniou instructed AFP throughout the rehearsal.
Greek Vasilis Papavassiliou would be the final torchbearer of the transient relay in Olympia, as organisers have determined to skip the standard journey around the nation.
“There will probably be no Torch Relay on Greek soil and following the Lighting Ceremony in Historic Olympia the Olympic Flame will probably be transferred to the Acropolis the place it’ll keep in a single day,” they mentioned on October 12.
They mentioned that on the following morning it will be carried to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, a second-century area utilized in each the 1896 and 2004 Video games, and handed over to the delegation from Beijing 2022 to be flown to China.
Historically, the flame travels a whole bunch of kilometres spherical Greece, visiting fifty cities and archaeological websites, relayed by artists and athletes from all over the world.
In March 2020, as coronavirus started to unfold spherical Greece, spectators ignored well being precautions and flocked to the relay.
It was deserted on the second day after leaving Olympia in close by Sparta, the place crowds gathered to cheer Greek-American actor Billy Zane, greatest recognized for “Titanic”, and British actor Gerard Butler, who performed King Leonidas of Sparta within the film “300”.
On Monday, the flame will keep in a single day in Acropolis, the place on Sunday Tibet activists staged a short protest on the Acropolis in Athens calling for the boycott of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics as a condemnation of “China’s genocidal regime”. Greek police made three arrests.